Seven months ago Motorola returned to the Indian market with the Moto G. Priced at Rs 13,999, it created ripples in the sub-Rs 15,000 price segment. It provided the best specifications and more importantly user experience in a price segment where others were selling smartphones where one had to compromise on every front. The second generation Moto G offers the same promise but improves on the price as well as specifications. Also Read - Motorola Defy 2021 rugged phone with 48MP camera, IP68 rating announcedAlso Read - Motorola Edge 2021 series to get 108-megapixel main camera as standard
Motorola took into account a lot of user feedback it received and has improved on most of the shortcomings of the Moto G. Many users found the display to be on the tiny side, so now the Moto G has a 5-inch 720p display. Though the resolution remains the same, we found the display to be decently crisp with great brightness and color reproduction. Of course, the Gorilla glass protection remains and the new one is water resistant as well both inside and outside.
With the bigger display, the new Moto G is certainly bigger than the previous one but it doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold. The curved back feels comfortable while Motorola has done a decent job with the bezels to control the width.
Other changes include the dual front-firing speakers, which we could not test at the launch venue. The cameras have been upgraded too to 8-megapixel on the rear and 2-megapixel on the front. We tried the rear camera and though the photos seemed to be better than the previous generation, there was noticeable noise. However we will put the cameras through their paces once we review the phone.
The biggest and most asked for improvement is the addition of a microSD card slot. The absence of a microSD card slot in the last generation was among the key reasons why some people didn’t buy the phone.
Despite adding more features, Motorola has kept the price at Rs 12,999, which is Rs 1,000 lower than what the previous generation Moto G was sold. However, things are not the same as prices of smartphones have come crashing, especially since the launch of Xiaomi, and it remains to be seen how people react when the Moto G goes on sale on Flipkart at midnight tonight.